Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested that President Donald Trump pardon Hunter Biden in a bid to “smooth things over” following the January 6, 2021, insurrection, The Daily Beast reported.
The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot released text messages on Thursday between Hannity and the then-press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, in which the conservative news host discussed the details of his conversation with Trump on January 7, 2021, following the attack on the Capitol.
Hannity and Trump were apparently discussing ways to address the potential fallout in the wake of hundreds of pro-Trump supporters breaching the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election, including pitching “no more stolen election talk” and Trump “attending inauguration.”
According to one text message from Hannity, one pitch in particular seemed to pique the former president’s interest: issuing a last-minute presidential pardon for Hunter Biden, the son of President-elect Joe Biden.
“He was intrigued by the pardon idea!! (Hunter),” Hannity wrote to McEnany, according to the text messages released by the January 6 House panel.
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